Future Prospects I
exhibited at ARCADIA, Haarlem Kunstlijn, 2018
billboard, 200 x 300 cm, roll-up-banners, 3 x 90 x 180 cm, 2018

Future Prospects I researches the politics behind the ideal landscape. For centuries the depiction of a landscape is influenced by and used for propagating the ruling political sentiment. The ultimate national landscape painting tries to reflect the ideal character of the country. It can be calm, cultivated (pastoral) or rugged and wild (sublime). However many of these unique national landscape depictions show recurring pictural elements. Snowy mountain tops, rustling waterfalls, birch trees and pink sunsets are common themes in North-Korean, Chinese, as wel as American and Canadian landscapes.

In Future Prospects I specific national landscape paitings are reproduced and placed outside their usual national context and inside the realm of the commercial presentation model of the real estate billboard and roll up presentation banners. What do these landscapes communicate placed in their new surroundings?
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